Curved pavilion nestles among gardens at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House in São Paulo

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

Architect Sol Camacho has designed a curvy wooden summer pavilion for the lush garden surrounding Brazilian modernist Lina Bo Bardi‘s jungle house.

Camacho, whose firm RADDAR is based in São Paulo and Mexico City, completed the Summer House among the 7,000-square-metre gardens that surround Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro, or Glass House.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

Located in São Paulo’s Morumbi neighbourhood, the property was completed in 1950 as the architect’s first built work. It provided the home for her and her husband, the Italian writer, curator and collector Pietro Maria Bardi.

With its simple concrete and glass form, and slender pilotis, it is celebrated today a key example of Brazilian modernism, and regularly visited by tourists.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

Camacho’s temporary structure provides a shelter for these visitors to enjoy coffee, lunch and the surrounding gardens during Brazil’s warmer months. It opened on 15 December 2018 and will remain on site until 3 March 2019.

Following the principles of its revered modernist neighbour, and with no outer walls so it remains open to the outdoors, the design comprises slender columns that support a slim flat roof.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

The main structure is wooden, blending in with the forested backdrop, and is shaped in curves to manoeuvre around the gardens.

Originally the remnants of Mata Atlantica – the rainforest that once surrounded São Paulo – the site was transformed by Bo Bardi over the years to feature tropical greenery, and stone and ceramic paths – all forming key parts of the property. A pocket of the forest grows straight up through the interior of Glass House.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

“Lina thought and designed her house in total interaction with nature,” said Camacho. “She created, planted and took care of the garden of the Glass House.”

“The garden and the house complement each other,” she added. “The pavilion had to follow this idea”.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

The pavilion’s bean-shaped roof provides shelter for stools and tables built around the columns underneath. The wooden base extends beyond the perimeter of the roof, creating open areas beneath the tree canopy with curvy seating.

Camacho elevated the platform of the pavilion above the ground on wooden struts to navigate the extensive planting. A staircase links a stony pathway on the lower level to the entrance, and the house beyond.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

To create the unusual wooden shapes of the pavilion, Camacho used cross-laminated timber – a material produced by layering three, five or seven timber sections of wood at right angles, then glueing them together.

Commonly known as CLT, it can be prefabricated in a factory to any shape or dimension, and is much lighter than steel and concrete counterparts, making it a popular choice for projects in the US and Europe.

Camacho said it is rarely used in Brazil, and that the Summer House provides one of the first demonstrations of the material’s advantages in the country.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

“Casa de Vidro is one of the few cultural institutions in Sao Paulo that speaks, exhibits and promotes the conversation about contemporary architecture; the idea of building the pavilion with CLT had a clear intention to speak about new materials and possibilities of construction in the Brazilian context,” said the architect.

Lina Bo Bardi and Pietro Maria Bardi – who were born in Italy and moved to Brazil together in 1946 – lived in Glass House for 40 years. During their residence, the property provided the meeting point for artists and architects, with Max Bill, Emily Steinberg, Gio Ponti and Alexander Calder all reportedly attending.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

As key figures in Brazil’s cultural scene, the Bardis established the Instituto Lina Bo e PM Bardi in 1990 to promote the study of the country’s architecture and culture. Following their deaths in 1992, the Glass House has continued to act as the headquarters of the institute and hosts public programme events.

The Summer House was instigated as part of this initiative to support seasonal activities.

Summer House by Sol Camacho at Lina Bo Bardi's Glass House

Bo Bardi, one of the most celebrated architects from Brazil’s modernist architecture movement, has only recently become more widely recognised. This has prompted the revival of her product designs, including a door handle from Glass House and a bowl-shaped chair she designed in 1951.

Photographer Leonardo Finotti also documented eight of the architect’s most important buildings to mark what would have been her 100th birthday in 2014, while the following year the São Paulo Museum of Art revived the architect’s “radical” glass easels for an exhibition of Brazilian art.

Photography is by Leonardo Finotti.

Project credits:

Architect: Sol Camacho
Team: RADDAR Architecture, Flora Milanez, Alina Paias

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Renovated minimal penthouse by Worrell Yeung tops Dumbo's Clocktower Building

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

Manhattan firm Worrell Yeung has renovated an apartment inside a former factory in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighbourhood, contrasting industrial finishes with the “pure minimal lines” of new fittings.

Worrell Yeung designed the renovation for a 3,200-square-foot (297-square-metre) apartment inside the Clocktower Building.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

Built as a factory in 1914, the 16-storey building was converted into 124 residential units in 1998. The apartment renovated Worrell Yeung, called Four Corners, is located on the 14th floor.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

To update the interiors, the team painted the walls, concrete ceilings and a single column all white. These provide a backdrop to new finishes that include three varieties of marble – used for vanities, countertops and built-in furniture – a speckled grey terrazzo, and a pair of volumes clad in white oak.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

“The concrete ceiling and structure of the historical warehouse are exposed and expressed throughout to highlight the rawness and texture of the building, juxtaposed against warmer materials, and the pure minimal lines of the new elements,” said Worrell Yeung in a project description.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

Photographs of the apartment, taken before it was furnished, highlight the contrast between the building’s industrial structure and the minimal treatment brought on by the renovation.

The residence featured an open-plan layout due to the arrangement of the factory. Its elevated position offers unique views of the city – including the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, the Financial District, and the Midtown Skyline.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

In order to provide divisions between different areas, while also leaving vistas open through the large windows open, Worrell Yeung inserted two oak-clad volumes into the centre of the space.

These contain a bar area and bookshelves, as well as services like the elevator core, emergency stairwell and laundry room.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

“The design of this loft was inspired by the unique panoramic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn,” said the studio, which is based in Chinatown.

“Two distinct volumes become the visual and organisational hub of the loft, allowing each space along the perimeter to take advantage of the expansive four exposures of the New York City skyline beyond.”

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

Another volume clad in black wooden planks is located at the entrance. Inside, it contains a powder room, coat storage and an angular marble bench for residents to put on their shoes.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

Access to the home’s main social space is provided from here. The architects told Dezeen they prioritised the size of this area over the three bedrooms to offer plenty of space for entertaining guests.

Four Corners by Worrell Yeung

Two of the bedrooms face north, overlooking Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, while the third smaller bedroom faces east, away from the city. The architects saved the best view, however, for the library, which occupies the southern side of the apartment.

Worrell Yeung, which was established in 2014, has also refurbished an apartment in a former Second Empire-style building in Manhattan. Other projects by the studio include a barn in Upstate New York that doubles as an exterior living room.

Photography is by Naho Kubota.

Project credits:

Architect: Worrell Yeung
MEP: Engineering Solutions
Lighting designer: Lighting Workshop
Contractor: Metropolitan Innovations

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Reflective House by Doug Aitken

Le festival d’art contemporain Elevation 1049 né en 2014 à Gstaad lance sa troisième édition, dont le thème principal est « Frequencies ». L’artiste américain Doug Aitken a décidé d’y présenter une structure prenant la forme d’une maison, composée de panneaux réfléchissants, permettant ainsi d’obtenir un effet miroir des montagnes et arbres environnants. La manière dont sont positionnés ses murs et angles permet d’obtenir, de l’intérieur de la structure, un  kaléidoscope de reflets et de lumières sans précédent. L’installation, faite de matériaux respectueux de l’environnement, restera à Gstaad pour deux ans.

The Prylobite’s unusual form is a result of its combined functions

At first glance, you’d ask yourself why the Prylobite looks the way it does. It features a full-tang blade that swivels into the handle in such a way that the opposite end of the blade sticks out when shut. You’re bound to question its appearance, but that feeling lasts only a minute. When you begin using the Prylobite, you appreciate and acknowledge its appearance and the functionality it brings to the table, or in this case, your fingertips. You see, the Prylobite is a knife, but it isn’t just a knife. It’s also a flathead screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wrench, and a prybar.

With a highly tactile and sturdy, G10 fiberglass handle on the outside, and a stone-washed S35VN Steel blade on the inside, the Prylobite has a certain simplicity and elegance to it. It doesn’t feature any locking or unlocking mechanisms, relying on good-old friction tension to open and close the blade. The full-tang design prevents an open blade from closing, because your thumb applies pressure along the handle spine.

The Prylobite’s most noteworthy visual element is its blade. Designed with a pivot at the center, the blade’s always sticking out of the handle, when open or closed. Open it up, and you’ve got a nice, sharp, curved sheepsfoot blade that’s ideal for slicing, dicing, and cutting. Fold the blade inward and extension on the opposite end sticks out. This extension holds three other tools that make the Prylobite indispensable. A flat-head screwdriver/prybar at the tip allows you to tighten screws and open tightly-shut paint jars. Just behind the prybar is also a 1/4″ wrench, allowing you to tighten or loosen quarter-inch nuts and bolts. On one end of the wrench lies the Prylobite’s bottle opener, allowing you to crack open a beverage when you’re done prying off lids and tightening nuts and bolts. The other end of the wrench features a running slit that allows you to clip the knife to your pocket like a fountain pen.

The Prylobite’s just compact enough to fit on your keychain (each Prylobite comes with a S-biner carabiner), or even be independently clipped to your jeans pocket. Fitting all the right tools you’d need in your day-to-day life, the Prylobite encapsulates exactly what urban EDC should be. Useful, portable, and most importantly, eye-catchingly unique!

Designer: Michael Dickson of Pangea Designs

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Projecting windows "distort the facades" of Portuguese care home

Elderly Care Centre by Nuno Piedade Alexandre

Nuno Piedade Alexandre has completed a black extension to an elderly care centre in the Portuguese municipality of Ponte de Sor, which is covered with protruding windows.

Nuno Piedade Alexandre, a studio based in the nearby city of Santarém, created the building as additional accommodation for the Santa Casa da Misericórdia’s Elderly Care Centre in the Portalegre district.

Elderly Care Centre by Nuno Piedade Alexandre

The extension is positioned in a prominent place when viewed from the adjacent street. It fills the maximum available space on the plot in order to optimise the internal floor area.

Each of the bedrooms features an opening that extends out from the facade. The glazing breaks up the black slatted surfaces and lends the building a dynamic, heterogeneous appearance.

Elderly Care Centre by Nuno Piedade Alexandre

“The volume dematerialises itself through the projection of the rooms outwards, distorting the main facade in the search for a special sculptural moment that can speak for itself and be kind of singular, in the way that every patient should be,” said the architecture studio .

The accommodation is designed around the needs of its users, with a focus on the quality of light and interesting spaces created by the angular surfaces.

Elderly Care Centre by Nuno Piedade Alexandre

Ten twin rooms and four individual rooms have been added to the centre, each with their own private bathroom facilities.

The new addition occupies an area to the rear of the main building, and is arranged so that some of the existing circulation areas extend seamlessly between the two.

Elderly Care Centre by Nuno Piedade Alexandre

The rooms have a ceiling height of 2.7 metres and culminate in openings that reach 3.5 or 4.5 metres in height, which helps to funnel additional daylight into the spaces.

Each of the windows is angled to create a different relationship with the surrounding streetscape and frames a specific view of nearby trees, the skyline or the River Sor, which flows close by the site.

Elderly Care Centre by Nuno Piedade Alexandre

“The project results from a functional programme, a concept of living experience and use, and the relation of the building with the surrounding urban grid,” added the architecture studio.

Several other recent projects from Portugal with striking facades, including Guilherme Machado Vaz’s geometric house in Afife that looks like a plain white box when the colourful shutters are closed.

Projecting volumes also featured in a Brutalist-style concrete sports centre designed by Valdemar Coutinho Arquitectos for seaside municipality of Viana do Castelo.

Photography is by João Morgado.

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New Original Illustrations by Vincent Bal

Le cinéaste et illustrateur belge Vincent Bal, évoqué précédemment, a de nouveau crée des dessins à l’aide d’ombres projetées par des objets de la vie quotidienne. S’inspirant des contours offerts par les ombres en question, il utilise ainsi ce qui l’entoure pour dessiner. Les thèmes de ses illustrations sont, par conséquent, très variés et de tous formats. L’artiste est actuellement en train de produire un film d’action intitulé « Cinécrowd », dans lequel il utilisera la même technique illustrative. Son art étant devenu pour lui un véritable terrain de jeu, on espère que le soleil sera présent dans le cadre de la réalisation de son film!


Five standout production designs from Oscar-nominated films

Best production design from Oscars 2019

To celebrate The 91st Academy Awards, we’ve chosen five of our favourite set designs from this year’s nominees, from the afrofuturist cityscapes of Black Panther’s Wakanda to the meticulous detail of Roma.

Best production design from Oscars 2019

Black Panther by Hannah Beachler 

Production designer Hannah Beachler looked to the architecture of Zaha Hadid, Buckingham Palace and afrofuturism when creating the fictional world of Wakanda for the hit Marvel film Black Panther.

Specific points of reference include the DDP Building in Seoul and the Wangjing SOHO in Beijing combined with lush green landscapes reminiscent of African terrain.

Best production design from Oscars 2019

The Favourite by Fiona Crombie

Filmed in England’s historic Hatfield House, production designer Fiona Crombie was keen to express the “frivolity and whims of the court” when creating these “grand” yet “stripped back” sets for period drama The Favourite.

The Australian designer, who has already won a BAFTA for her work on the film, played with scale to build each character’s role in the film with a giant bed complete with four mattresses for Queen Anne.

Best production design from Oscars 2019

Roma by Eugenio Caballero

Set in 1970s Mexico City, production designer Eugenio Caballero used both his and director Alfonso Cuarón’s memories of growing up in the Mexican capital when making the immensely detailed sets for black and white drama Roma.

While much of the furniture came from Cuarón’s family, Caballero built facades over street buildings to recreate the period, which he based on old photographs.

Best production design from Oscars 2019

First Man by Nathan Crowley 

Production designer Nathan Crowley was tasked with faking a moon landing in Damian Chazelle’s First Man, a biopic that follows Neil Armstrong’s quest to walk on the moon.

Crowley worked closely with NASA to accurately depict the space station equipment, space suits and merchandise used in the film, which spans more than a decade in Armstrong’s life.

Best production design from Oscars 2019

Isle of Dogs by Paul Harrod 

Production designer Paul Harrod took cues from the work of Japanese architect Kenzo Tange when constructing the “hellish and beautiful” architecture of Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs.

Each component of the film’s staggering 240 sets and 44 stages was constructed in minute detail, ranging from “toxic clouds” made from cotton wool to tiny perspex puddles.

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This week, the industry paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld and Alessandro Mendini

This week on Dezeen, the legacies of prolific fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and Italian designer Alessandro Mendini were celebrated after the two iconic figures passed away.

Fellow fashion designers including Donatella Versace and Anna Wintour paid their tributes to Lagerfeld, honouring the “creative genius” and “incredible talent” of the designer best known as artistic director of Chanel.

To mark his passing, Dezeen looked back on 12 of his most impressive runway shows, which included transforming Paris’ Grand Palais into an enchanted forest, and constructing a recreation of the Eiffel Tower.

Alessandro Mendini
Italian designer and theorist Alessandro Mendini dies

The design industry also had to say goodbye to Italian architect, designer and theorist Mendini.

As well as serving as editor of Italian design magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus, Mendini designed numerous influential designs including Proust armchair, Groninger Museum and the Anna G corkscrew.

Pierpaolo Piccioli designs puffer evening dresses for Moncler

The fashion world slipped up again this week, as Burberry released an apology for the “insensitive” design of its hoodie with a cord that looked like a noose, which was worn by a model during London Fashion Week.

Also at London Fashion Week there were protests with Vivienne Westwood creating a collection with slogans berating politicians, and action group Extinction Rebellion demonstrating to highlight the environmental impact of the fashion.

At Milan Fashion Week, Moncler unveiled a collection of padded full-length evening dresses by Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, as a reinterpretation of the outdoor clothing company’s down jackets.

IKEA’s Gunrid curtain can purify air

IKEA announced its plans to launch a curtain that can purify air, which is coated with a photocatalyst mineral that causes air pollution to break down when light shines through it.

The Swedish home furnishing giant also revealed that it will begin renting its furniture, as part of a move towards a circular economy.

Samsung launches foldable smartphone

Over in the field of tech, Samsung hit the headlines this week when it released a foldable device, the Galaxy Fold, which unfolds “like a book” from a smartphone into a tablet.

Layer developed a smart textile for use in Airbus’ economy class seating, which is digitally knitted with sensors that detect both the passenger’s body and the conditions of their chair to allow the user to control the conditions using their phone.

TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen’s JFK Airport terminal open for reservations

In the US, reservations have opened for guests wishing to stay inside the former TWA Terminal of New York’s John F Kennedy airport, which has undergone a major overhaul after being shut for 16 years.

Dutch architecture firm OMA designed an escalator for the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Manhattan, which has glass panels that change colour when viewed from different angles.

Gus Wüstemann creates affordable apartment block almost entirely from concrete

Popular projects this week include Gus Wüstemann’s affordable apartment block made almost entirely from concrete, Melike Altınışık Architects’ plans for a Robot Science Museum in Seoul that will be built using robots and drones, and the return of California’s Desert X installations.

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Fabio Fantolino creates coordinated apartments for mother and son in Turin

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

Italian architect Fabio Fantolino has divided up the fourth and fifth floors of a residential building in Turin city centre to create two apartments for a mother and her son.

Located in a five-storey building that dates back to the 1600s, Casa Lagrange is owned by a mother and son who wanted to live in the same building but also have their own separate space.

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

The mother lives in the larger street-facing apartment which spans across the front of the building on the fourth floor and includes a bedroom in the attic on the fifth floor.

This larger apartment has an interior inspired by the 1950s, while the son’s smaller apartment at the rear of the building takes its design cues from the 1970s.

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

Both apartments feature hand-sanded Hungarian oak herringbone flooring and also some matching hardware and furniture such as door handles, and a round dining table.

Described by Turin-based Fantolino as “elegant and sophisticated” the mother’s 1950s-inspired apartment features rich materials such as marble, fabric and polished steel.

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

“The flavour of the 1950s finds its greatest expression in the living area,” explained Fantolino.

“The conversation area is developed around a Minotti Freeman Tailor sofa, featuring a rigorous titanium-coloured cotton fabric and a double-stitched linear motif, which is typical of the 1950s.”

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

The grey sofa is complemented by a set of De La Cuona armchairs upholstered in pale pink velvet and Bowl tables by Danish brand Mater.

The study and dining area has a walnut desk lit by an Aballs T by Parachilna suspension lamp, while a black Tango lamp by Indian design studio Paul Matter balances over a Calacatta gold marble table surrounded by dark velvet Verpan chairs.

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

The two parallel doorways that lead into the kitchen from the dining area are clad in black burnished iron. Alongside the archways is a glass-fronted showcase for dishes that is recessed into the wall.

The kitchen is made from American walnut, Calacatta gold marble and black Fenix – a scratch-resistant nanotech material with a soft matt finish.

The apartment’s bathroom is clad in Arabescato marble and features a walnut washbasin cabinet.

Located in the top of the house under its peaked roof, the apartment’s master bedroom is lined in light grey wood panelling and benefits from two large skylights.

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

Located at the back of the building on the fourth floor, the smaller apartment is designed to recall the 1970s with a more informal lounge area.

Furniture here includes a Percival Lafer vintage leather armchair, a petrol-coloured sofa by Gianfranco Frattini for Tacchini and light Alcantara chrome-plated tubular chairs.

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

The kitchen in this smaller apartment can be closed-off from view behind black Fenix doors, serving as a background to the dining area. The bathroom is clad in dark red Levanto marble with fittings in black and chromed iron.

The apartment’s sleeping area features a blue velvet headboard and a section of white panelling in the corner that houses a wall cabinet, bedside table and custom made lamp.

Interiors of Casa Lagrange, designed by Fabio Fantolino

This house in the Iranian city of Karaj by Kamran Heirati Architects, was also divided in two with an elevated passageway spanning a swimming pool to connect its two halves.

Photography is by Giorgio Possenti and styling is by Tom Design.

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Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design embodies New Orleans' Southern charm

Henry Howard Hotel, New Orleans, by Hunter Mabry Design

This renovated hotel in New Orleans‘ historic Garden District features a blend of contemporary and antique furnishings, and is decorated with vintage musical instruments as a nod to the city’s jazz heritage.

At the Henry Howard Hotel, the historic Antebellum-style building has been refreshed by New York City studio Hunter Mabry Design.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

The mansion was designed in 1860s by the hotel’s namesake, a prolific architect across the American South, as a pair of townhouses for two sisters.

Its Greek-revival features like Corinthian columns, and galleries with walk-through windows, are typical of the era, and seen across many of the palatial homes in the picturesque neighbourhood.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

Now connected as one property, the building has served as guest accommodation for decades, but was recently updated to incorporate modern conveniences while retaining its Southern charm.

The team “sought to honour Henry Howard’s traditional historic elements while creating a modern and inviting space”, according to a statement.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

The boutique hotel’s 18 rooms feature soaring ceilings, windows and doors, all decorated with a bright palette to amplify the natural light.

Subtly patterned wallpaper offsets dark wooden floors and sections of exposed brickwork, and an eclectic selection of furniture adds a unique touch to each room.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

Some feature four-poster beds with slender black frames, while others have space for two queens. Brass instruments like saxophones, trombones and French horns are mounted above the headboards – a reference to the Big Easy as the birthplace of jazz music.

A penthouse suite under the sloping roof allows larger groups to hire out three bedrooms, and a spacious living and dining area, for parties or family gatherings.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

“Each thoughtfully designed room welcomes guests with a curated mix of vintage and custom-designed furniture, and commissioned artwork by local artist Hayley Gaberlavage,” said the hotel’s statement.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

From the building’s raised entrance, visitors approach a marble reception desk that doubles as a bar.

Mismatched vintage seating, a mix of old and new artwork, and plenty of plants continue the blended aesthetic found in the bedrooms.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

Guests can enjoy their breakfast and drinks in the parlour, or on rocking chairs along the front porch for an authentic Southern experience.

Multiple outdoor spaces around the perimeter also offer moments for sitting out in the warm climate.

Henry Howard Hotel by Hunter Mabry Design

Historic architecture, a lively music scene and relaxed drinking laws make New Orleans a hugely popular tourist destination. Although Hurricane Katrina devastated the region in 2004, visitors have steadily returned to the city – resulting in a handful of new hotel openings.

Other accommodation options for design-savvy guests include an Ace Hotel and The Eliza Jane in the Warehouse District, and The Drifter in an overhauled Mid-City motel.

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